We held a ringing session at the Grange end of Holme Pierrepont on Sunday morning. The weather was good with only a light wind and clear skies. The team consisted of Gary, Sue, Duncan and myself. We limited the number of nets to start with as campers were on site but they left fairly early on and we then put up a couple more nets. The catch was steady throughout the morning but the number of warblers caught was a little disappointing.
Total catch was (new/retrap) 25/18 made up of: Blackbird 0/1, Song Thrush 1/0, Dunnock 2/2, Wren 1/0, Robin 1/1, Blackcap 1/0, Garden Warbler 1/0, Whitethroat 1/1, Reed Warbler 12/4, Chiffchaff 1/0, Willow Warbler 1/2, Blue Tit 0/1, Great Tit 0/1, Greenfinch 2/0, Reed Bunting 1/5.
The oldest retraps were two Reed Warblers from 2012, one of which we had not recaptured since it was ringed. There were plenty of birds around including Cetti’s and Sedge Warblers that were singing all morning but did not manage to find any of the nets and a Cuckoo that gave great views but despite showing interest in the MP3 player did not like the look of the nets! The best birds around were probably a couple of Hobbies, one of which stayed around for most of the morning and was hunting very close to the base.